WATSON, GLENN (c.1924-); WATSON, VIVIAN

A husband and wife team, very active in the Dayton area in the 1950s and into the1960s, Glenn Watson played mandolin, Vivian played guitar, and they did a lot of good mountain-style harmony duets. They opened for national acts and appeared on Les Bodine’s barn-dance-styled shows in Dayton. They appeared on the WCKY Ohio Jamboree, broadcast live from Madison Lake State Park in London in the early 1960s. They recorded for Les Bodine’s BMC label in 1959 and also recorded for the Cincinnati cover label Big 4. They had a very good cover version of the Louvin Brothers’ “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby” on Big 4. Not exactly bluegrass because they used electric lead guitar on some of their recordings, they were, like the Louvins, in a gray area between country and bluegrass.

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